Most of us start our day with a cup of tea. And he cannot imagine a single day without drinking at least a few cups. If you are a tea lover, then perhaps you do not settle for any tea, but are always on the lookout for the best. You check the quality of the leaves, how strong they are, what flavor they offer, and then choose the best, even if you have to pay a little more. While even this small surcharge may not have been more than a few dollars, you will be surprised to know that there are teas that sell for a very, very high price. They are rare and very expensive, and we will know about 10 of these teas right away.
This is the top 10 most expensive and rarest tea in the world.
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10. Tianchi flower tea
Although it is the cheapest tea on this list, it is very well known not only in China, but all over the world. This is one of the healthiest teas you will ever come across. It is also popular for its medicinal properties. Teinchi flower tea can be used to treat various ailments such as insomnia and allergies, and it also has excellent detoxifying properties. Its taste is very similar to the taste of tender broccoli florets. Each 1 kg of tea costs $170.
Gyokuro is a type of green tea, an exotic variety with a pleasant jade hue. Uji gyokuro, typical of the Japanese region, is prepared without crushing the leaves. The tea has a sweet taste and a distinct aroma and is grown in the shade. Preparation for harvesting takes about 2-3 weeks, and each 1 kg costs $650.
8. Tea Pu-Pu-Pu-Er
This tea comes from the Chinese province of Yunnan. In addition, it contains insect excrement, which is carefully collected by tea pickers. Although you may be confused and it may sound crazy, the fact is that this "black" tea tastes good and is known worldwide for its healing properties. If you're wondering how much a tea containing insect droppings can cost, think again, as it costs $1,000 per kg.
7. Imperial Tea Silver Tips
This tea is the most expensive tea ever produced in Darjeeling. It is harvested in Darjeeling, West Bengal, at the Makaibari tea estate, which is owned by a company known as Luxmi Tea. Luxmi Tea is the first tea plantation in the world. The tea tastes great, has a great aroma, and although it was sold at its high but regular price of $400 per kg. In 2014, three buyers from the US, UK and Japan purchased this expensive tea for the still high price of $1,850.
This is oolong tea, harvested in China and named after the goddess of mercy Guanyin. There are two legends associated with Tieguanyin. One of them is dedicated to the devotion of Wei, a poor peasant, to the goddess Guanyin. And how he was rewarded with tea. After he planted the sprout and it began to grow, not only the fate of Wei changed, but the fate of the entire village. The next story is related to Wang, a scientist who discovered a plant under the Guanyin rock. He gave this tea bush to Emperor Quilong, after which it became known as Guanyin tea. The best grade of Guanyin tea can cost up to $3,000 per kg.
5. Yellow gold tea buds
This tea is called so expensive because the leaves are covered with real 24 carat gold. This is an extremely rare variety of tea, as it is harvested only in one particular place and only one day a year. When the leaves open, the brewed tea takes on a golden hue and is considered beneficial to health. The only place where you can find this tea is in Singapore. And it is quite naturally expensive and will cost you $3000 per kg.
4. Narcissus Wuyi Vintage Oolong Tea
This Oolong tea is named after the popular Greek mythological character Narcissus. And it is grown in the Wuyi Mountains. It oxidizes to around 60%, and it only gets better with age. To prevent aging tea from spoiling, it is roasted every two years, and this helps to dry out excess moisture. All thanks to its exquisite flavors, including flowers, chocolate and wood, this tea is very expensive and will set you back $6,500 per kg.
3. Panda dung tea
In China, the harvest season begins, perhaps the most unusual and most expensive tea in the world. Panda dung tea is such an example. Found in China's Sichuan province, Panda Dung tea sells for $70,000 a kilo. It got its name because the tea plant uses panda feces as a fertilizer. Yangshi, the artist, was the first to grow this tea and owns the copyright for its production. When it first officially entered the market in 2012, it was considered the most expensive tea in the world.
2. Da Hong Pao tea
This is a special tea because it is a royal tea. It is grown in the Wuyi Mountains in China. It is considered part of the oolong family and became popular when people learned about its healing properties after it helped cure an unhealthy Ming ruler. The king was so impressed that he ordered that all Da Hong Pao bushes be covered with red royal robes. This is why this tea is also known as Imperial Red Robe and sells for $1.2 million per kg.
1. Diamond Tea Bags by PG Tips
Popular British business PG Tips introduced this tea in 2005. Approximately 2 grams of the popular Silver Tips Imperial tea is contained in each tea bag, created by the famous Boodles Jewelers. In addition, each of these bags contains 280 diamonds of the highest quality. Hence the sky-high price of $15,000. You may also be interested in seeing a list of the ten most expensive useless things.
Even if you manage to try any of the teas mentioned in this list, consider yourself very lucky as you are sipping a cup of something that is not only expensive but also very rare. Be sure to enjoy every sip, as only a lucky few get to taste such exquisite things.